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employ a steam engine to crack a nut

To use excessive, overcomplicated, or extravagant means or force to accomplish something relatively minor or simple. With this new system of issuing licenses, the government has employed a steam engine to crack a nut: four separate departments now handle each stage of an application, when a single department could easily process applications from start to finish.
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employ (someone) as (something)

To employ someone in a particular role or job. I thought they were going to employ me as a file clerk, but because they needed help with data entry, I wound up doing that instead.
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employ (someone) for (something)

To employ someone in a particular role or job. I thought they were just going to employ me for filing, but because they needed help with data entry, I wound up doing that instead.
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employ (someone) in (something)

To employ someone to work in a certain area. I applied for the job as file clerk, but they employed me in data entry instead.
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employ someone as something

to pay someone to work in some capacity. I employed Fred as a personal secretary for about three months. Can you employ me as a stock clerk?
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employ someone for something

to hire someone for a particular purpose. I employ him for special chores around the factory. Kelly employed Walter for emergency repairs on the night shift.
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employ someone in something

to pay someone to work in a particular type of work. I employ Tom in machine maintenance. Laura is employed in accounting.
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Some state courts have imposed such a duty, and found the employer liable for not uncovering a genetic predisposition to a disease.
In addition, it provided three situations based on that case to explain and illustrate its position on the treatment of employer payments to RSCs.
Of 960 large national employers participating in a 2003 Hewitt Associates survey, 95% offered some kind of health promotion program.
Applying a benefits-and-burdens analysis to the above scenarios, the ruling concludes that, in the first two, the overall transaction actually resulted in two separate sales: the employee's sale of the residence to the employer and the employer's sale to the third-party buyer.
City of Boca Raton, (16) retaining the vicarious liability standard for the harassing conduct engaged in by supervisory employees but bringing an end to consideration of the type of harassment as determining whether the employer may assert a defense to liability.
Schwarzenegger, and an apparent awareness in Sacramento that California needs to retain employers.
According to the report, employers with 10-49 employees required employees to pay, on average, 64 percent of the PPO [preferred provider organization] premium for family coverage.
Workers' compensation costs California employers more than $30 billion a year, according to Garamendi, compared with $9 billion in 1995 when he ended an earlier term as commissioner.
At the same time, failure to conduct a thorough check could expose an employer to liability if an employee who has faked his or her credentials causes injury to others.
Initial efforts resulted in a set of thirty forms and represented employers from several different Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) areas, including manufacturing (14), finance/insurance/real estate (8), retail trade (4), transportation/public utilities (1) and nonclassifiable (3).
The management leadership portion of the standard requires the employer to assign individuals responsibility to oversee the ergonomics program and to ensure that the employer's policies and practices encourage and do not discourage the early reporting of MSDs.
Others posit that the negative effects on employees resulting from takeovers involve a breach of trust between the employer and employee.
Because although Christi's employer, contractor Michael Bennett, was required by state law to carry workers comp insurance policies for his employees, he had neglected to purchase any insurance policies.
Locketz also recommends reading the fine print on applications, particularly the waiver agreement that gives a prospective employer permission to delve into your background.
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